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Hosmer, Royals rally past Rosenthal, Cards in ninth

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals ended their offensive slump, but the Kansas City Royals found a way to keep the National League champs down.

Eric Hosmer hit a tiebreaking single off closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning and the Royals won 8-7 Tuesday night for their second straight road victory in the four-game, two-city series.

"It was a great game back and forth, a lot of clutch hits by both teams," said Alex Gordon, who homered in both games. "It was good to see and hopefully we can build on this."

Rookie Kolten Wong's first career home run was a grand slam in the second that ended the Cardinals' 20-inning scoreless drought and gave them an early four-run cushion. Wong said it was the first grand slam he's hit at any level.

"It's awesome," Wong said. "It was good to get us up early, try and give us a chance."

The Cardinals finished a dismal 2-7 home stand when their pitchers faltered and fell to 30-29 overall. Before the game, manager Mike Matheny fielded an endless series of questions about the lack of hitting.

Gordon's three-run homer capped a six-run fifth for the Royals against Jaime Garcia that put them up by two.

"We can't complain about what the offense did," Matheny said. "It just wasn't enough."

Kansas City starter James Shields also scuffled, surrendering five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, and has given up seven homers his last three starts. Shields helped himself with two hits, including an RBI double.

"I was just kind of all over the place, really wasn't commanding my slider at all," Shields said. "I made three crucial bad pitches and that's what caused six runs."

Peter Bourjos' 422-foot homer put the Cardinals ahead 7-6 in the sixth. Alcides Escobar's bloop RBI single off Pat Neshek tied it in the eighth, a rally fueled by pinch hitter Billy Butler's infield hit.

Omar Infante doubled off Rosenthal (0-3) with one out in the ninth ahead of Hosmer's hit.

Wade Davis (5-1) allowed a hit in the eighth and Greg Holland worked the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances for the Royals, the home team for the last two games of intrastate interleague series that resumes Wednesday.

"That was one of those grinder games, where you're grinding right from the get-go -- everybody," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It was a great game."

Jhonny Peralta added two doubles and an RBI for St. Louis, outscored 14-0 the previous two games by the Royals and Giants.

Wong was chosen as the NL rookie of the month earlier Tuesday and his slam in the second was the Cardinals' fifth hit in 10 at-bats against Shields.

St. Louis loaded the bases in the first, too, but Yadier Molina grounded into an inning-ending double play on good glovework by Escobar at shortstop and capped by Infante's barehanded grab on the move at second and relay.

The Royals had one runner in scoring position the first four innings, then batted around and hit for the cycle in the sixth to take the lead. Gordon homered for the second straight day, Escobar had an RBI triple and Shields had an RBI double with his second straight hit.

No St. Louis relievers warmed up during the rally and Matheny said after the game a couple of pitchers had been unavailable.

"I'm on the mound, I'm trying to execute pitches until the manager takes the ball out of my hand," Garcia said. "I'm not looking anywhere else."

Notes

Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (8-3, 2.32) opposes Jason Vargas (5-2, 3.39) on Wednesday night. Wainwright is 4-1 against the Royals and 9-5 overall in interleague play. Vargas has at least six strikeouts his last five starts, the longest such stretch of his career. ... Shields is the first Royals pitcher to get an RBI since Luis Mendoza May 29, 2013, at St. Louis. ... The Royals' six-run inning tied their season best and tied the best against the Cardinals. ... Matt Holliday walked twice and has reached safely the first 30 home games. ... The Royals have played six games with new batting coach Dale Sveum, and have scored six or more runs in four of them. ... Escobar's hit ended Neshek's career-best streak of 20 2/3 scoreless innings. ... Wong, the Cardinals 2B, said he jammed his shoulder a bit diving for Butler's infield hit in the eighth and might miss a game.

 
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Eric Hosmer and the Royals heat up in the ninth inning against closer Trevor Rosenthal to put away the Cardinals. (USATSI)
Eric Hosmer and the Royals heat up in the ninth inning against closer Trevor Rosenthal to put away the Cardinals. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

K. Wong
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4111101 .259
Omar Infante, 2B5110022 .255
Eric Hosmer, 1B4121011 .270
Alex Gordon, LF4123110 .281
Salvador Perez, C5110002 .263
Lorenzo Cain, CF3000010 .320
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   Wilking Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   a-Billy Butler, PH1010000 .251
   Jeremy Guthrie, PR0000000 .000
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
   Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
Mike Moustakas, 3B4110002 .154
Alcides Escobar, SS4122000 .269
James Shields, P2121000 .400
   Jarrod Dyson, CF2000002 .288
Totals38813825  
a-singled for W. Rodriguez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (6, Rosenthal), Mike Moustakas (9, Garcia), James Shields (1, Garcia)
3B - Alcides Escobar (1, Garcia)
HR - Alex Gordon (6, Garcia)
RBI - Norichika Aoki (12), Eric Hosmer (24), Alex Gordon 3 (33), Alcides Escobar 2 (20), James Shields (1)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gordon 3 (15), Alcides Escobar (10)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Infante-Hosmer, Escobar-Infante-Hosmer-Escobar-Infante
E - Eric Hosmer (5, Misplayed grounder), Mike Moustakas (4, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields 5.1975412 3.68
Aaron Crow 0.2000000 2.84
Wilking Rodriguez 1000000 0.00
Wade Davis (W,5-1) 1100010 1.37
Greg Holland (S,16) 1000020 1.66
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 96-57, Aaron Crow 5-4, Wilking Rodriguez 11-6, Wade Davis 16-10, Greg Holland 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 9-6, Aaron Crow 1-1, Wade Davis 2-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 29, Aaron Crow 2, Wilking Rodriguez 3, Wade Davis 4, Greg Holland 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B2120200 .292
Kolten Wong, 2B5114002 .266
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
Matt Holliday, LF3100213 .272
Allen Craig, 1B5110012 .247
Yadier Molina, C5000001 .297
Oscar Taveras, RF3111000 .231
Jhonny Peralta, SS4021001 .234
Jon Jay, CF3010012 .282
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   Sam Freeman, P0000000 .000
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   a-Daniel Descalso, PH-2B1000000 .164
Jaime Garcia, P2110001 .333
   Peter Bourjos, CF2111010 .207
Totals35710744  
a-grounded out for Neshek in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jhonny Peralta 2 (14, Shields)
HR - Kolten Wong (1, Shields), Peter Bourjos (2, Shields)
SF - Oscar Taveras (1)
SH - Matt Carpenter (1)
RBI - Kolten Wong 4 (15), Oscar Taveras (2), Jhonny Peralta (25), Peter Bourjos (8)
2-OUT RBI - Kolten Wong 4 (13), Jhonny Peralta (13)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - M. Carpenter-Wong-Craig, M. Carpenter-Wong-Craig-M. Carpenter-Descalso-Craig
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jaime Garcia 5866031 5.47
Seth Maness 1000000 2.81
Sam Freeman (H,2) 1.1000120 0.00
Pat Neshek (BS,2) 0.2311000 1.07
Trevor Rosenthal (L,0-3) 1211100 4.28
IBB - Gordon by Trevor Rosenthal
HBP - Hosmer (by Jaime Garcia)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 87-58, Seth Maness 11-7, Sam Freeman 23-14, Pat Neshek 13-8, Trevor Rosenthal 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 8-3, Seth Maness 1-2, Sam Freeman 2-0, Trevor Rosenthal 2-0
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 23, Seth Maness 3, Sam Freeman 5, Pat Neshek 5, Trevor Rosenthal 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41192
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Hal Gibson, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Dan Iassogna